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Get Paranoid with Paranoid Android 4.6 Beta 4 Humble Huckleberry

October 9, 2014 - Written By Phil Bourget

Custom Android versions are as common to see on phones and tablets as the official, Google-sanctioned version.  But one among them stands solid with their two letters: PA.  Yes, today (yesterday morning, actually) the Paranoid Android team published their 4.6 beta 4 Humble Huckleberry release of their popular custom Android experience.  This means some great news for us PA fans and users, and still more great reasons to ‘get paranoid’ and install the software onto your device.

What’s changed, you may be asking?  Well, a brand new wallpaper.  That’s always nice.  You meant performance wise? Oh.  Well, they improved the interaction of the quick settings tiles when you’re editing them, so now they act more uniformly.  They also improved the stability and speed of the core of the software.  There was also the update to account for the change in the package name of the Peek standalone app. But what is it like?  There are no huge changes like there were a while back, with the addition of the L-style app switching.  There’s no massive redesigning of software aesthetics or features, so what’s the big deal.  The big deal is that it’s a regular, good-old incremental beta update/release.  It’s great to have huge revolutionary updates every time, but there are two issues with that.

First, there’s the expectation of always-new features.  Second there’s the issue of stability.  If a custom ROM is constantly updating features and changing them, it messes with things.  It makes code maintenance tough since it’s never the same, and that pisses off developers (and users, if something broken or volatile).  And the fact that it is changing all the time means that new people never see the same software twice, and returning users and fans may get annoyed with having to relearn or reorient themselves within the software. The big question whenever an update for anything comes out is ‘what’s changed, and why should I care about those things?’.  And that’s the wrong question.  What should be asked is ‘what is fixed?’, because new is great, but stable is miles better.  Are you going to give Humble Huckleberry a download?  What do you think about software updates, incremental or massive?  Let us know down below.